City Considers Turning Queens Hotel Into Homeless Shelter

August 4, 2016 2:11 PM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The city is considering turning a hotel in Queens into a homeless shelter.

With nearly 60,000 people currently in homeless shelters across the city, officials said they must turn to hotels, like the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn located in Maspeth off the Long Island Expressway, as an alternative. They want to use the 110-room facility on 55th Road as an adult-only shelter. It is hard to find much support in the neighborhood, 1010 WINS Glenn Schuck reported.

I think it s complicated, I think enough isn t done for a lot of people who need stuff done and I think there s a lot of people who just are too lazy to go out and get a job and they depend on the system to support them, one resident said. I don t think it s appropriate.

That place never made it as a hotel so now the government steps in and whoever owns it is trying to make money, and is it the right place? Maybe it s too close to the residents at this point, another resident said.

That s their way of life.

Some people are fat, some people are skinny, some people are homeless. Some people want to be homeless, if they really don t want to be homeless they could get up and do something, another said. The city said everyone needs and deserves a place to sleep each and every night and the hotel is a good option, Schuck reported.

Additional public meetings will be held in the coming weeks before a final decision is made.

The hotel could be turned into a shelter by October or November.

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